I used to think that running to the main street near my house was a near impossible feat for me. When I was in High School, I used to run cross country, and in the Air Force we had to run during basic training, but as I aged, I stopped working out as much and made unhealthy eating choices, smoked and wasn’t active. At times I would drive and see joggers running and think to myself that I would never get to that point again and wouldn’t have the endurance to run because of me aging, no time, and the excuses piled on.
One year ago, I decided to quit smoking and to help me stay on course, I wanted to feel the pain of running and barely completed a .78K (less than a mile) run and had to stop and walk home. I was determined to continue to improve and as time progressed, I improved slowly and made better choices in eating and made the time and made the effort to make healthier choices in my life. I feel amazing today as I successfully ran 9.1 miles after a returning home from work and ran this for 2 hours straight.
As I was running, I had passed by the same main street near my house that I had thought would have been impossible for me to run to and continued on. I was smiling to myself and reminded myself that the limits we set on ourselves be in many different areas of our lives and it is easy to convince ourselves that we cannot do something with amazingly convincing excuses. It is the easy route to simply place these limits on ourselves and to think we cannot accomplish something because in doing so, it takes less effort to accomplish.
It took me a whole year to build my endurance, lose weight, be smoke free for a year to run the 9 miles with a steady pace and feeling refreshed and getting that runner’s high afterwards. I think these small lessons and reminders in life reminds me that I need to look at other areas of my life where I have placed excuses and limits on myself and to push forward with what I can realistically accomplish or strive for. The main street near my house could be a representation to my career and life goals and the ease of placing limits on myself. Like with anything in life, it takes time and effort to build the endurance to condition your body to perform and accomplish things that you would otherwise would not accomplish if you didn’t put in the work.
If you have limits that you place on yourself, think about this and see what action you can take to overcome these and turn the limiting thoughts to a challenge for yourself to find the solution and way to over them. I enjoyed my run and it gave me a lesson on the limits I placed on myself and how it took time for me to smash that limit and allowed me to laugh at it.